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Declined Offer – Interviewed in Irvine, CA Aug 2012 – Reviewed Feb 4, 2013
Interview Details – The interviews themselves were fairly straightforward discussions regarding workplace safety and managing risks as a government service provider. A very diverse set of client specialty areas but all-in-all on topic. The challenge came in having the actively manage the process by following up every 2-3 weeks with the "recruitment staff" in Houston. The standard comment back was, "I was just about to call you..." Finally ended the process on the 4th or 5th interview as a face-to-face, with one additional call-in from a regional COO.
Reason for Declining – After the protracted process, I received a telephonic offer from the Houston staff who stated they were going to follow-up with a formal offer letter should I tentatively accept. When I did, the letter was addressed to someone else, without mention of any bonus potential as had been discussed previously. When I asked for copies of the benefits materials that were supposed to have been part of the offer package, I noted that health benefits similar to my current coverage were approximately 3 times the employee payment. When I countered their offer with a reasonable increase in salary to offset the benefits increase, I received an email from the recruiter in Houston stating they wouldn't be going forward with the process. When I followed up with the regional President requesting confirmation of the decision, I received an apologetic call from their Western Regional HR Director who seemed anxious to close the deal, including a proffer of reasonable solutions to my request to maintain healthcare coverage for my family during the transition. While he was unable to close the deal at that time, he did promise that he contact me the following week so that we could move forward with the process. A week went by with everyone "traveling" and no follow-up call. Eventually, after a couple of weeks without a decision, I received an email stating they were now in a hiring freeze (despite the stated position being relisted on the job boards that day) and that they would consider me for the position should it become available after the new year. Amazing I know but having lived it I hope no one else has to endure a similar experience. It doesn't appear to me that their CEO learned much of anything on his "Undercover Boss" debut.
No Offer – Interviewed in Jun 2011 – Reviewed Jan 15, 2013
Interview Details –
Online resume submission.
Contacted by hiring agency.
Interview Question – Auditing and accounting questions. Answer Question
Declined Offer – Interviewed in Waterford, MI Dec 2012 – Reviewed Dec 5, 2012
Interview Details – easy to speak with the interviewers, told before interview job pays $37/hr, very nice people to speak with, expected to be on call 24/7, mentioned lots of overtime, offered positionion, called back a few minutes later and changed hourly rate to 25.21/hr , I declined the offer, and hoped them the best.
Interview Question – no difficult questions very comfortable informal interview meeting Answer Question
Reason for Declining – improper wage offer
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Santa Clara, CA – Reviewed Oct 19, 2012
Interview Details – Standard process. Applied via referral. Called for interview 2-3 days later. Casual interview with basic questions. Offered the position. Required to take drug test. Started assignment a few days later. The account manager was very car salesman like. The office personnel were very personable, friendly, and easy going. The site supervisor however was a very rough character, with no real people or interviewing skills.
Interview Question – There were no difficult or unexpected questions. Standard interview and all questions were relevant to the job (building maintenance) Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Oddly, this position at any site in the SF bay area, paid 19.00 to start via union guidelines. We however were all paid 15.00, and told that the higher rate was only for those who completed their 90 day probation, and subsequently became local 39 union members. After my being "laid-off" from this site, several people who were retained, had told me they were not raised to 19.00/hr. They were given an excuse that the "this particular contract," did not pay that high. The oddest part of this equation is, the job title utility engineer, pays 19.00/hr regardless what site you work at, due to the 19.00 being standard local 39 union salary. So something is wrong here, unless the largest commercial retail shopping center in the bay area, somehow cannot afford to pay it's contractors the correct union wage.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Sacramento, CA Jan 2010 – Reviewed May 8, 2012
Interview Details – It was with the same company for a promotion
Negotiation Details – HR was sent and when my range was given, my manager came with the offer.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in San Jose, CA Aug 2010 – Reviewed Mar 13, 2012
Interview Details – Interview process was pretty standard with focus on industry experiences and knowledge
Interview Question – industry experience was focus of interview Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Long Beach, CA Feb 2009 – Reviewed Nov 7, 2011
Interview Details – Excellent hiring process
Interview Question – How far will I commute to the job site View Answer
Negotiation Details – Wages and benefits
Accepted Offer – Reviewed Dec 16, 2012
Interview Details – After applying online in September I received a call in December. Interviewed with District Manager and Property Manager at potential account site. Offered job on the spot after interview.
Interview Question – How do you keep your subordinates loyal and perform their responsibilites professionally? View Answer
Negotiation Details – It was only their way.
No Offer – Interviewed in Oct 2010 – Reviewed Nov 29, 2010
Interview Details –
The interview took place over 2 days. I interviewed with the person I would report to and the Director of the group. Both employees were new/re-hires.
The third interview was very short and served to put a face with a name for the other person who would be impacted by the research the Data Analyst provided.
Warned by the direct supervisor that the position would be "in the weeds" very little interaction with others and tons of time spent running queries and organizing large data files.
Interview Question – What type of data have you had to manipulate using excel and which type of filters did you use to get the desired results from a large database? Answer Question
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